Everyone knows that Arsenal desperately needed another central defender during the transfer window, and according to the Mail, Arsene Wenger tried to make a last minute move for the Celtic star Virgil van Dijk.
The 23 year-old has only been with Celtic for one season, but was named Player’s Player of the season so he must have made a big impression in his first season. So perhaps its no wonder that Celtic were a bit loathe to lose him on deadline day….
The report says that Arsenal are going to keep monitoring the Dutchman’s progress with a view to going back with another bid in January. At least that will give the Scottish giants a bit more time to line up a replacement instead of losing him at the last minute.
The ex-Groningen defender is certainly imposing at 6ft 4 inches and will add some neccessary height to our back line to help deal with set-pieces which seems to have been an Arsenal weakness in recent years.
Rio Ferdinand’s verdict……
‘He is cool, calm and collected in defence. Virgil always appears relaxed and it looks as if there is another gear in there.
‘His time for moving will definitely come at some point but look, he’s in the Holland squad this week while playing for Celtic, so it can’t be too bad for him.’
Who thinks he will be a good addition to the Arsenal squad?